Delicious Vegetable Curry

Serves: 4 to 6

  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves crushed garlic
  4. 2 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  5. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  6. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  7. 1 cube vegetable buillon
  8. 1 (10 ouce) package frozen vegetable mix
  9. 1 1/2 cups water
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  11. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
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Spicy Grilled Shrimp


Serves 6

  1. 1 large garlic clove
  2. 1/2 tablespoon coarse salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  4. 1 teaspoon paprika
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  7. 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  8. 8 wedges lemon, for garnish
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Transformation Challenge

Close your eyes and try to imagine becoming a thinner, healthier, and more confident version of yourself in just three months time. Many of us spend a good portion of our busy days wishing we had a little supernatural help to make that dreamy vision come true. Maybe you’re like Li-At Ruttenberg who dreamt about a contest that could give her a makeover and the tools she needed to get in shape. Ironically, Li-At was granted her wish but in a way that she never would have expected. Recently, she and six other Santa Barbara Residents were given the opportunity to experience a true lifestyle transformation, one that can truly last a lifetime as opposed to a fleeting, momentary weight loss. Through a 12 week emotional, physical, and psychological journey, the contestants of the first ever Conditioning Specialists’ Transformation Challenge came to grasp the significance of will-power, fitness, encouragement, and support in claiming their lives back.

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Putting Your Foot Down: A Practical Guide to Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tis) is a painful condition of the plantar aponeurosis, which is the fibrous tissue in the sole of your foot. The suffix –‘itis’ means inflammation. The purpose of the plantar fascia is to uphold the arch of the foot by connecting at the inside of the heel bone and flaring down the foot to attach to the five toe bones. When it becomes irritated, it really takes the spring out of your step.

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Imagine Your Way to Fitness

Want to improve your athletic performance, learn new techniques, and enhance motivation all without even lifting a finger? It may sound like a catchphrase of an infomercial for a new miracle product, but visualization is a completely free and effective method to complement your exercise routine.

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Ever feel like your sweaty palms are trying to talk to you? Maybe they are saying “I’m too hot,” or maybe they are saying “I’m nervous.” What would you do if you could actually hear what your hand had to say?

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Sand, Sun, and Sweat!

One may check out gyms, training studios, or an awe inspiring workout class to captivate that summer body we all crave. But with summer just around the corner, I ask you to consider the most beautiful facility that nature has given us; our local beaches. The beach is one of the most over looked locations to get away from it all and let go. Whether it be a day of beach volleyball, kayaking, or simply taking a walk, the beach is an aesthetically beautiful setting which sets the tone for any workout routine you may have. It is uplifting and peaceful, and one can escape or join in with others in various activities. Being near the water also has a very tranquil effect for a meditative and relaxing workout.

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Joseph’s Workout Program

A solid workout program should challenge ALL the essential components of the body. These include:

-Core stabilization & Strength


-Reactive Training


-Cardiovascular System


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Grilled Chicken and Tomato-Basil Salad with Parmesan

Serves: 4

  1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. salt to taste
  4. freshly ground black pepper
  5. 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped 
  6. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  7.  nonstick cooking spray
  8. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 to 6 ounces each
  9. juice and zest of 1 lemon
  10. 8 cups arugula leaves 
  11. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shavings
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